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A city of extreme northern Sri Lanka on Palk Strait. It was the center of an ancient Tamil culture until the Portuguese conquest of 1619.
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(Placename) a port in N Sri Lanka: for many centuries the capital of a Tamil kingdom. Pop: 149 000 (2005 est)
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a seaport in N Sri Lanka. 118,224.
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MANILA: The ADB's Board of Directors approved additional loans totaling $120 million for a project to bring drinking water to urban areas of the Jaffna Peninsula, one of Sri Lanka's less developed regions.
Jaffna: Making a historic visit to a region once ravaged by strife, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for equitable development and respect for all citizens in Sri Lanka, seen as an oblique reference to Tamils who had suffered during the war between the LTTE and forces.
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The High Commissioner also met the Government Agent Sundram Arumaing Yagam and Deputy Election Commissioner Jaffna, Achuthan They exchanged views on the preparation for the upcoming election and the election system being followed by Pakistan.
JAFFNA, SRI LANKA * The Catholic bishop of Jaffna, Sri Lanka's northernmost city and former capital of rebel-controlled territory, has urged the government to do more to aid the return home of people evacuated 15 years ago during the civil war.